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Calling All Conservationists

At SportDOG™, we believe it is our duty as hunters and outdoorsmen to ensure our sport is viable for years to come. Through the years we have

SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund Presents the Future Forward Fund

committed to conservation through our SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund. Since inception in 2007, the Conservation Fund has granted over $100,000 to worthy conservation projects as well as partnered with numerous conservation organizations ranging from national entities to small-town clubs to ensure conservationists are able to accomplish their goals. This year, to celebrate the Conservation Fund’s 5th anniversary, we introduced the Future Forward Fund, which will grant $25, 000 to one worthy conservation project. We’ve received a number of questions about the fund this summer, so below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Who is Eligible?

This contest is open to anyone who needs help for their conservation project. Whether you are working through a major national organization, small local chapter or just individually, you are eligible to receive the Future Forward Fund Grant. The only stipulation is that these fund must go to directly funding the project. Salaries, benefits, etc. cannot be paid out of this grant.

 

How Do I Apply?

We have an easy, online application for you to fill out. The application can be retrieved through this link, http://www.questionpro.com/a/TakeSurvey?id=897926. You can also visit our website to learn more about the Future Forward Fund and get the application by clicking here. If you have any questions about the application, please email emarshall@sportdog.com.

 

When is the Application Due?

Originally we asked that all applications be turned in by July 31, 2012. However, we have received a lot of requests for time extensions. Because we want to make sure everyone has time to get in their applications, the new deadline for application submission is August 31, 2012.

How Will the Winner be Decided?

After the August 21, 2012 deadline, the SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund Grant Committee will review all of the applications. We will 7 finalists based on various criteria (size of the project, longterm effects, feasibility of execution, etc.) and announce these finalists the first week of September 2012. We will then let the public decide who the winner. You will be able to vote via out website. We will post winners to our website, Facebook page and twitter. Voting will commence October 1, 2012 and run the November 30, 2012 with a winner being announced in January. After we announce winners, we will provide everyone tips on getting the word out about your project, so check back for those.

 

When Will My Project Receive the Funds?

Funds will be awarded in January 2013 and are for use within the 2013 calendar year.

 

We encourage everyone with a conservation project to apply for this grant. It’s a level playing field and we want to see these fund go to an awesome project. Also, keep in mind that second place will receive a $5,000 and we still have our Youth Grant available for $1,000. So, get those applications in today!

 

Good Luck,

SportDOG Brand® Conservation Fund

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